Today we honor those who have served and protected our country, and many local restaurants are also extending their gratitude with a host of deals for veterans and active military members. From free appetizers to full meals, and even craft beer, we’ve put together a comprehensive list featuring both national and regional chains in addition to local spots. Check out the list below to see if your favorite Columbus eatery is offering anything special.
All deals are valid on Nov. 11 unless otherwise noted.
2 Tones Brewing Co.: current and former military service men and women can stop by the East side brewery for a free beer.
Applebee’s: past and present military service members are eligible for a free meal from a select menu.
Bob Evans: veterans and active-duty military members can receive one free item from a speciality menu, including hand-bread crispy fried chicken, brioche French toast, and more.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: veterans and current military personnel can receive one entree (up $14.95) free. If ordering takeout, use the coupon code VETERAN.
Bonefish Grill: veterans, current military personnel, and first responders can receive 10% at the seafood restaurant any day of the year.
Buffalo Wild Wings: 10 free boneless wings and fries to veterans and active military members.
California Pizza Kitchen: active duty service personnel and veterans can receive a free beverage and entree from a select menu.
Community Grounds: free Pepero sticks (a Korean cookie snack) with every order. Applies to all.
Condado Tacos: veterans and current service personnel receive a free taco with purchase every day of the year.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: veterans, active duty military personnel, as well as first responders get free calamari and 10% off all future visits.
Crooked Can Brewing: the up-and-coming Hilliard brewery is offering $2 off beers all day (no limit) for veterans and active-duty military members
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit: the BBQ chain is handing out free pulled pork sandwiches to former or current military members.
Dunkin’: past and present military personnel receive a free donut of their choice.
Grandview Cafe: veterans and current service members can take 10% off their meal.
Hollywood Casino Columbus: veterans can receive a $10 dining voucher for Take 2 Grill and Zen Noodle.
IHOP: military service members past and present are offered free red, white, and blue pancakes
Krispy Kreme: veterans and active-duty military personnel can claim a free coffee and a free donut.
Little Caesars: the pizza chain is offering a free lunch combo (a 4-slice pizza and soft drink) to service members present and past.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Veterans and active military personnel can receive a free meal from the chain’s special menu, valid from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: military veterans and active service members can get 6 oz. of frozen yogurt free.
McDonald’s: select McDonald’s Restaurants are offering free meals to all veterans and active-duty military members, including a sandwich, drink, plus fries or a hash brown.
O’Charley’s: past and present servicemen and servicewomen can receive a free meal, in addition to a 10% discount valid all year long.
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Outback Steakhouse: all current and former military servicemen and servicewomen can receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola.
Red Lobster: Veterans and current military service members are offered a free appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: From Nov. 2 to Nov. 30, any current or former military personnel can get a free tavern burger and steak fries.
Roosters: the Ohio wing chain is offering $10 in Roosters Bucks to veterans and active duty military members.
Starbucks: all veterans, active-duty military personnel, and military spouses can claim a free tall hot coffee.
Wendy’s: with the chain’s veterans advantage program, past and present service members can redeem a free breakfast sandwich with a breakfast purchase until Dec. 31.
White Castle: Veterans and active-duty military members receive a free breakfast combo or Castle Combo meal.
For a full list of nationwide deals, check out the blog post on VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.